drop off: meaning and explanation

to drop somebody/something off = to take somebody/something to a place and leave them there.

For example, if you are in a taxi then the driver might ask you where you want to be dropped off. If you have children, perhaps you drop them off at school in the mornings. If a friend leaves their phone at your house, you might offer to drop it off at their office the next day.

It is quite useful to learn this phrasal verb together with to pick somebody/something up, which has the opposite meaning. e.g. Do you want to pick up the pizza or shall we drop it off?

Have a go at this dictation exercise to hear this phrasal verb being used in context – how much can you understand?

Dictation #1

Accent: North America

My flight 3am. Is there you could airport?
My flight at 3am. Is there chance you could me off at airport?

…is there any chance you could

Is there any chance you could + verb is a very useful structure to politely ask someone to do you a favour.

e.g. Is there any chance you could check my homework for me?

Discussion questions

Write your answers to these questions in the comments section, and I’ll get back to you with some feedback:

  • When was the last time you dropped someone or something off somewhere?
  • Have you ever been dropped off in the wrong place?

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